Five Energy Articles We’re Reading Today

Here are five articles on energy we’ve been reading today (1/5/11) at Scaling Green, and which we recommend that you read as well.

  1. At Grist, Todd Woody writes that the solar thermal industry is “set to boom…as developers are set to break ground on several large-scale solar thermal power plants in the desert Southwest this year.” Woody points to “California alone in recent months [having] licensed solar thermal plants that would generate more than 4,000 megawatts of electricity.” Exciting news.
  2. Brendan DeMelle at DeSmog Blog remembers the life of “Judy Bonds, the fearlessly outspoken activist and community organizer who devoted her life to saving her native Appalachian mountains from the ravages of mountaintop removal coal mining.” Bonds passed away Monday. Also see Jeff Biggers’ tribute on the Huffington Post and JW Randolph’s at Appalachian Voices. This is definitely a big loss for all of us who care about stopping the damage that dirty energy does to our planet.
  3. EnergyBoom reports that Chile “has set its sights on significantly increasing its geothermal energy capacity,” to 1,000 megawatts. Also, Renewable Energy World writes that “Bolivia hopes to install 700 MW of wind power capacity in the next 10 years as South America’s poorest nation works to diversify its energy mix.” Both are positive developments and hopefully a sign of a lot more to come.
  4. Solar Feeds reviews the list ofsix top Green Tech innovations of 2010, which run the gamut from low to high tech sophistication.”
  5. Kate Sheppard at Mother Jones writes that the American Petroleum Institute’s “New Year’s Resolution” is to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. As Sheppard points out,EPA regulations of greenhouse gases began phasing in on Sunday, though their progression will be slow and the major rules for power plants and oil refineries aren’t even expected until the second half of 2012.” Stay tuned on this one…